English Premier League

Manchester United must come back stronger after international break – Ander Herrera

Jose Mourinho’s side are sixth in the Premier League, five points behind local rivals City after seven games of the domestic season

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 October, 2016, 4:16pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 October, 2016, 5:03pm

Manchester United must avoid a repeat of last month’s performance in order to revive their Premier League campaign after the international break, midfielder Ander Herrera said.

United kicked off their league campaign with three straight wins under manager Jose Mourinho, but slumped to back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Watford, having lost to Dutch side Feyenoord in their opening Europa League game.

After the international break, United travel to Liverpool, host Turkish club Fenerbahce in the Europa League three days later before travelling to Chelsea for a league fixture.

“We lost three games in a row so we have to avoid that,” Herrera said.

“We know we have to come back very strong. We have to play two very tough Premier League games away - Liverpool and Chelsea - and between them Fenerbahce in the Europa League. That is a very important game as well.

“But in football you never know. Maybe we go to Liverpool and create two chances and yet we win the game. This is football and we have to accept that.”

Herrera, who has made five top flight appearances under Mourinho this season, has been called up by Spain ahead of their World Cup qualifiers against Italy and Albania.